I have been spending my write-ups for this series more or less suggesting that this is only season one, but as of right now, HBO has not and most likely will not renew Lovecraft Country for a second season. I do recall reading the producers saying they could take the story forward if anyone was interested, but at the same time, this is a pretty definitive ending to a solid story.
That is especially good since, while I don’t remember every detail of the novel this show was based on, the book had what I felt was a rather lackluster ending. The Christina character, there a man, was punished in a manner somewhat similar to how Christina is here, though not as dramatically as he lived through the ending, but when he stopped to threaten the African Americans who did what they did to him that he would someday make them pay, the lot of them laugh it off because, as they explain it, they already live in a racist society that treats them as second class citizens. What, they laugh, could he possibly do to make things worse for them?
It’s not the best of endings as it seemed a little too pat, so I was glad to see the TV adaptation came up with a more suspenseful one, one that cost Tic his life (I assume barring a resurrection of some kind in a potential second season) as he did something heroic the ghost of his mother assured him he would. Ruby chose a side, perhaps a bit too late, and Leti learned what family really is as a new responsibility is thrust upon her. Diana lives with a robotic arm, Ji-Ah has a new place to call home, and Christina is dead.
If anything, I really wanted to take a minute to talk about Christina, someone who didn’t see herself as racist and may perhaps have been the worst racist of the bunch as a result. Christina wants immortality, but to get it, she needs to completely drain Tic of blood. He has a magical bloodline, and that would make her immortal.
At no point does she stop to question whether or not she even deserves to be immortal. Instead, she just assumes a black man’s blood is hers to do with as she sees fit. Much like the blind man in Get Out, she may purport to be colorblind, but she doesn’t see the harm in using the racist system set up by others. She’s not the ally she may even on some level believe she is.
It probably isn’t a coincidence that she’s a blonde.
Christina’s brand of racism is the kind that may not be the type to join a hate group or burn a cross. No, it’s the type that just assumes other people don’t deserve what she has, and that includes life. Other people can die, especially People of Color, for her to live forever. If she really was the friend she claimed to be to Ruby, she would have stopped going forward when she saw she needed another man’s blood.
And, in the end, Leti not only takes away the ability to use magic from Christina, but all white people everywhere. Tic may still be dead, but given how every white person on this show has used magic, well, it will go better for everyone else if they can’t.
Now, given the themes, the strong possibility of there not being a second season, and a host of other reasons, a comparison to Watchmen is inevitable. I’d rather not though I would say I enjoyed Watchmen more and I will leave it at that. There’s still a lot of power to Lovecraft Country, so with that in mind, let’s say 9 out of 10 tamed shoggoths.
But now I need something else, so why not stick with something on HBO that I have been meaning to catch up on? I read the book for this one too: I Know This Much Is True.
We’re getting twice the Mark Ruffalo with this one.